Our orthopedic surgeons have been very active in the development of new, minimally invasive techniques for inserting total hip-replacement implants through smaller incisions. Clinical studies suggest that a minimally invasive approach to care may allow for a quicker, less painful surgery and a more rapid return to normal activities. Our team will talk with you about what to expect with minimally invasive hip replacement surgery and the possible risks and benefits. Not all patients are good candidates for the less invasive techniques.
Minimally Invasive Posterior Approach
The main advantage of the posterior, or rear, approach to hip replacement surgery compared with other minimally invasive procedures is its simplicity. The operating time for a posterior approach is an average of 37 to 70 minutes. The procedure allows us to perform total hip replacement through a relatively small incision, and without cutting the important abductor muscles that are so critical to hip stability and walking. Rehabilitation time is highly improved with the use of this minimally invasive approach and problems with dislocation are decreased.
Minimally Invasive Direct Lateral Approach
The direct lateral approach to hip replacement offers us optimal conditions for the orientation of the implant, insertion of replacement materials and correction of any discrepancy in leg length. In this procedure, we place the patient on his or her side and make a single incision or several minimal incisions.